Prayer Requests 9-3-21

It’s Friday, so please remember to pray for Mumsee, Mike, and the Nestlings.

Anyone else?

Psalm 31

 A psalm of David.

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
    let me never be put to shame;
    deliver me in your righteousness.
Turn your ear to me,
    come quickly to my rescue;
   be my rock of refuge,
    a strong fortress to save me.
Since you are my rock and my fortress,
    for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
    for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commit my spirit;
    deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

I hate those who cling to worthless idols;
    as for me, I trust in the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
    for you saw my affliction
    and knew the anguish of my soul.
You have not given me into the hands of the enemy
    but have set my feet in a spacious place.

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
    my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
    my soul and body with grief.
10 My life is consumed by anguish
    and my years by groaning;
   my strength fails because of my affliction,
    and my bones grow weak.
11 Because of all my enemies,
    I am the utter contempt of my neighbors
   and an object of dread to my closest friends—
    those who see me on the street flee from me.
12 I am forgotten as though I were dead;
    I have become like broken pottery.
13 For I hear many whispering,
    “Terror on every side!”
   They conspire against me
    and plot to take my life.

14 But I trust in you, Lord;
    I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hands;
    deliver me from the hands of my enemies,
    from those who pursue me.
16 Let your face shine on your servant;
    save me in your unfailing love.
17 Let me not be put to shame, Lord,
    for I have cried out to you;
   but let the wicked be put to shame
    and be silent in the realm of the dead.
18 Let their lying lips be silenced,
    for with pride and contempt
    they speak arrogantly against the righteous.

19 How abundant are the good things
    that you have stored up for those who fear you,
   that you bestow in the sight of all,
    on those who take refuge in you.
20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them
    from all human intrigues;
   you keep them safe in your dwelling
    from accusing tongues.

21 Praise be to the Lord,
    for he showed me the wonders of his love
    when I was in a city under siege.
22 In my alarm I said,
    “I am cut off from your sight!”
   Yet you heard my cry for mercy
    when I called to you for help.

23 Love the Lord, all his faithful people!
    The Lord preserves those who are true to him,
    but the proud he pays back in full.
24 Be strong and take heart,
    all you who hope in the Lord.

23 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 9-3-21

  1. We wanted to stop attacks from ISIS. A good goal, but not achievable through that means. Though we have not had any equivalent attacks for twenty years.

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  2. The world is a small place, Chas. And the U.S. is an attractive target, probably more so now in our weakness.

    So yes, Afghanistan does affect us and there will be ongoing concern about terrorism ramping up again in that part of the world (which certainly did and now very likely will again affect us).

    And prayer for the Christians who remain there.

    Prayer for Christians here, too, that we may, as mumsee says, keep our eyes where they belong and not be swept away by false idols and the urgency of the headlines, whether Covid or politics or whatever inflames our emotions.

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  3. I just made a donation to Mighty Oaks Foundation which is continuing to get endangered people out of Afghanistan. They have miraculously gotten 30,000 out. Of course I have prayed for them and their efforts, too. If I had loved ones there, I would sure still be hopeful to get them out. And those there, who are my Brothers and Sisters in Christ, are my loved ones related through the blood of Christ.

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  4. Yes Janice, the gospel has no national boundaries.

    I remember my parents who were products of the WWII generation, and their caution about the U.S. becoming “isolationist.”

    While there is a fair debate to be had about the wisdom of our going to Afghanistan in the first place — and probably a stronger argument about how long we stayed — we aren’t alone in this world and we are to care about justice and the treatment of people everywhere.

    While concentration camps filled up and the chambers burned, the U.S. intently stayed out of the war, it had nothing to do with us, many believed. Until Pearl Harbor, of course.

    There’s a fine line in weighing our national involvement in other lands, but Christians have always cared about injustice and violence against the weak and powerless.

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  5. Speaking of which, just finishing Facing the Mountain by Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat. Thinking of sending it to the grandchildren. Plan to read it again with my two school children. We as believers need to know about the world in which we live. Not so we can worry, our hope is in Him, but so we can better serve Him. Through prayer and through action.

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  6. Another to keep in prayer. Have not heard if he was one of son’s students.

    “The Charleston Southern University football ministry and CSU family mourn the tragic loss of freshman Lorvens Florestal due to an overnight incident off campus.  
    Florestal was shot and killed in a random act of violence outside of a West Ashley residence early Sunday morning. The gunman remains at large. Authorities are still investigating the incident, but witnesses confirm the CSU football walk-on was an innocent bystander.  
    CSU Football Head Coach Autry Denson said, “My heart hurts for Lorvens Florestal’s family and friends back home in South Florida. Our CSU football ministry, the CSU family, and communities all over this country should never have to endure senseless acts of violence. Under no circumstances should this be the narrative of Lorvens’s life, a young man just beginning to live out his dream of being a Division One student-athlete. My personal commitment, and that of our football ministry, is to continue to trust God for guidance, and to live each day with the intentionality and purpose necessary to honor Lorvens’s legacy.” 
    A walk-on defensive end by way of Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, Florida, Florestal had not yet played a game for the Buccaneers. He made 1st Team All State for 7A and 1st Team All County for Palm Beach County during his high school career. According to the CSU football coaching staff, Florestal’s dream was to play college football and work hard to help his parents who immigrated from Haiti to give them all a better life. 

    “This unimaginable tragedy is something none of us should ever experience. That Lorvens’s life was taken so quickly and senselessly magnifies our grief,” said President Dr. Dondi Costin. “In the face of this tragic event, we want to share our deepest appreciation to the Charleston PD for being on the scene from the beginning, especially the heroic officer who arrived on scene just after the shooting occurred and attempted to provide life-saving aid to Lorvens. May the Lord grant Lorvens’s family, his football family, and the entire CSU family the peace we know can only come from the sovereign God who loves us supremely.“ 
    Tavarius Jackson, defensive back coach, coached Florestal for two years in high school before coming to Charleston Southern. Jackson said the student-athlete was a wonderful, hard-working and caring young man who inspired the next generation.  
    “He always went back to speak to underprivileged kids at various nonprofits like the Boys and Girls Club, the DJ Center, and others. He spoke to young kids at elementary schools. He appreciated life and appreciated what he had. Lorvens was a kid that no matter what someone else was going through or what he was going through, if it was his last of anything, he’d give it to you. He was always caring for others,” said Jackson. “Be like Florestal and treat everyone like you want to be treated and respect everyone. Please keep his family in your prayers.”  
    I am so saddened. This is the third good young black man I have been grieving the senseless loss over this week. It breaks my heart.

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  7. Just got a prayer request for a 10 year-old girl named Asfya, who has been hospitalized after battling COVID for 10 days. Her fever is 102+ but docs are suspecting an underlying condition.

    Her aunt called a friend of mine, “because I know you’re a Christian and you have friends who pray.” The mutual friend called me, we prayed, and now I’m handing Asfya’s health off to you.

    Thank you.

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  8. 🙏May the many who are lifting Asfya in prayer be blessed to hear the good news of her recovery soon. May the diagnosis be accurate and all the prescribed meds and procedures be determined by You, God, worked out through the medical practices and staff so many can witness Your healing of her. I pray for You to be given all the glory for we know people are helpless without Your supernatural help and provision. I pray for any anxious thoughts over Asfya would be given over in prayer to You. Praising You, Lord, for all Your healings in the physical and spiritual realms . . .whether life resumed here or life moved into eternity; our lives with Jesus, both here and there, are pure blessings from Your loving heart. Thanking You in advance for Your best answers. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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  9. Nightingale arrived safely at the White Mountains in New Hampshire for her solo camping and climbing Mt. Washington trip. She let me know that the campground does not have cellphone service, but she will try to keep in touch when she can.

    Please pray that the Holy Spirit will speak to her heart in a wonderful, deep way during this time of “getting away from it all”. And that God will keep her safe in all she does, and bring her home safely. Along with that, please pray that Boy and I will not have any problems here.


  10. Thank you, Janice!

    Shortly before Nightingale left this morning, I had put one of the cats in my bedroom, and closed the door (from outside my bedroom) to allow the cat to eat his breakfast in peace. (Rudy gets nervous and runs away when either Boy or Nightingale come downstairs.) When I went to open the door to let him out, I found that the door had locked itself and would not budge! (The doorknob and lock are very old.) I started to panic a bit, seemingly having no way to open the door. (Of course, the hinges are on the other side of the door.)

    Boy toyed around a little with a small flathead screwdriver, and was able to wedge it in and get the door unlocked. (The door is not hung quite correctly, which is what enabled him to be able to get the screwdriver in there.)

    After that, I put duct tape over that part of the lock that comes out of the door and goes into the door jamb, to keep that from happening again.

    Although it worked out okay, I would appreciate not having any similar “crises” while Nightingale is gone. I’ve read too many of Michelle’s stories of what would happen when her husband was gone at sea. 🙂

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  11. Oh my, excitement. I’ve just been trying to interview and bang out two stories for our “kindness” special section next week — plus schedule photos if they don’t have good ones to let us use.

    Already did the story reminding folks of the bridge run on Labor Day.

    Pray for a friend, the woman (about 10 years younger than I am) who almost single-handedly got our local dog park opened up in the early 2000s.

    She is an amazingly talented (and beautiful) woman but as the years went by there were personality quirks that began to alienate many people. She eventually was diagnosed with bi-polar and schizophrenia, was evicted by her parents from their expensive home when she refused to take any medication and began hammering out walls, and has been living on the streets for a while now.

    A few of us keep tabs on her, or try to. She was arrested the other night when the store in whose parking lot she’s been staying (in her Audi) reported her for trespassing. Her car was impounded and she’s back out, now living near one of the cliff-top parks overlooking the ocean.

    I tried connecting with the social worker who knows just about all the homeless people in our town (and that’s a lot) but the text didn’t go through for some reason.

    She was raised Catholic but to my knowledge, last I knew, she was not a believer (though periodically would go back to the Catholic Church).

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  12. Her mom’s in a place for Alzheimer’s, her dad recently died, but she does have some aunts here and there.

    I’m quite sure she was offered shelter space by the police as there are now beds available and it’s their protocol, but most will decline the help.

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  13. I remember talking to a boyfriend many years ago — I was a fairly new believer, he wasn’t a believer — and saying how amazing that God can be “seen” in nature, in a bush, in a mountain, in the flowers and animals.

    He said, hmm, I don’t see that at all.

    That was kind of the end of that conversation and attempt.

    One needs to have the Holy Spirit before our eyes or ears can even be opened to God’s existence.

    I join in prayer that the Spirit will move in Nightingale so that her eyes and ears are opened to His existence.

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